Budleigh suffer first defeat of league season, going down at Ipplepen.

PUBLISHED: 11:44 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 18 July 2013

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Budleigh Salterton II suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten by host Brixham II by a margin of 45 runs.

James Leat, standing in for unwell skipper Ben Carter, lost the toss and with the temperature some 33 degrees Celsius and rising, Budleigh were sent out to field.

Jones and Plowman bowled first as usual; their opening spells lasted five overs each, partly due to the heat and partly due to the introduction of former Sussex, Somerset and Devon batsman Andy Pugh who, after Plowman struck in the seventh over, set to the task of dispatching the ball to all parts of the boundary with consummate ease.

Mills then struck with his first ball, but his spell was however cut short by a thigh strain. Only Alex Richardson (2 for 50), Marley (0 for 36) and Gore (0 for 43) bowled their full allocation of overs; all three spinners bowled tight lines and limited the scoring rate.

With the scoreboard showing 175-3 with eight overs to go, Brixham were struggling to post a competitive score.

Pugh then took charge launching the ball to all parts to take the total to its close of 234-4.

Budleigh’s successful season to date has largely been down to their depth of batting, so the target of 235 should have been well within their grasp particularly on what was a ‘road’ of a batting strip!

However, the run chase was hamstrung by the loss of early wickets with only Messom (36) able to stick around amongst the top order. However, as has been a feature of the 2013 season so far, the middle order, (on this occasion consisting of Sam Richardson, Marley and England) looked to be steering the visitors to an eleventh straight victory until the loss of three quick wickets with the score on 144, 149 and 151, effectively ending the run chase and Budeigh were then soon bowled out for 189.

With second placed Ottery St Mary gaining maximum points at the weekend and now only 12 points behind, Budleigh will be looking for a second victory against their local rivals when they welcome them to Ottermouth this Saturday.

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